[Postscript to Samuel Joseph May] [manuscript]
Topics Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879
, May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871
, Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874
, Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
, Griffiths, Julia, d. 1895
, National Compensation Convention (1857 : Cleveland, Ohio)
, Antislavery movements
Publisher [Boston, Mass.]
Call number 39999066752914
Digitizing sponsor Associates of the Boston Public Library / The Boston Foundation
Book contributor Boston Public Library
Collection bplscas; bostonpubliclibrary; americana
Full catalog record MARCXML
The postscript, on page 5 of this manuscript, is by William Lloyd Garrison to Samuel Joseph May; it was once attached to Garrison's letter written on Sept. 15, 1857, Call No. Ms.A.1.1 v.5, p.49. In this postscript, he points out the paradox of Gerrit Smith's alledged admiration of Garrison and comments: "If Mr. Smith cherishes such 'admiration' of me, or of my labors, how can he reconcile it to his sense of justice to uphold such malignant enemies of mine as Julia Griffith[s] and F. Douglass?"
On pages 1-4 of this manuscript, there is a separate letter by Gerrit Smith to Samuel Joseph May, written in Peterboro, New Hampshire, Sept. 5, 1857. Gerrit Smith complains of William Lloyd Garrison holding him up "to the public ridicule and contempt." While making sacrifices for the anti-slavery cause, Gerrit Smith explains that he has always favored "compensation." He deplores the "abuse of abolitionists by abolitionists." He refers to the resolutions passed in Cleveland
July 13, 2012
Scholars should note that the description of this material errs in saying Smith is writing from Peterboro, New Hampshire. Smith's home was in Peterboro, Madison County, New York.
Also, the "letter" from Smith that Garrison encloses to May does not appear to be in Smith's handwriting. More likely, it is Garrison's transcription and therefore a secondary source at best. Anyone who has seen Smith's handwriting would be suspicious of this example's legibility.